Alexander McCobin co-founder and president of the Koch-funded Students For Liberty is out with a piece attacking Ron Paul’s call for the U.S. stop meddling in the Ukraine. McCobin goes on to support the meddling views of Rand Paul. He writes:
Ron Paul Gets It Wrong When He Speaks about Secession and Crimea
Former Congressman Ron Paul, whose views are interpreted by many as wholly representative of the libertarian movement, gets it wrong when he speaks of Crimea’s right to secede. Make no mistake about it, Crimea was annexed by Russian military force at gunpoint and its supposedly democratic “referendum” was a farce. Besides a suspiciously high voter turnout without legitimate international observers, the referendum gave Crimeans only two choices — join Russia now or later.
It’s much too simplistic to solely condemn the United States for any kind of geopolitical instability in the world…
In contrast to his father, Senator Rand Paul gets it right by condemning Russian aggression while not subscribing to hawkish calls for military intervention at the same time. It is one thing to not intervene; it is another thing to applaud an autocrat for the sake of blaming our own government.
It must be emphasized that this is being written after U.S. officials were caught red-handed plotting the overthrow of the democratically elected government in Ukraine that was led by Viktor Yanukovych (SEE: An Important Second Listen to the “F–k the EU” Ukraine Recording).
The correct way to view the Russian actions in Crimea is as a reserved reaction to U.S. encroachment in the region. Without the U.S. meddling in the backyard of Russia, which led to the ouster of Yanukovych, Russian would have never entered Crimea. It did so after the overthrow only to protect the overwhelming numbers of Russian people in the area and to protect its warm water naval port. A port the Russians have legitimate use of based on an agreement ratified in 1999 by the Russian and Ukrainian parliaments, which included a payment to the Ukrainian government of US$526.5 million.
But furthermore, even if the Russian takeover was a naked move of aggression, which it wasn’t, why should the U.S.get involved in picking sides in the hostile actions of two countries 5,000 miles from Washington D.C.?
Trade is the way to bring calm to the world, not picking sides between warring countries.
Reprinted with permission from Economic Policy Journal.